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 By Mary Koppes    News    September 24, 2015

This year's $2,072 PFD is highest ever

This year's Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) will be $2,072. That's the highest on record not adjusting for inflation, though qualified residents received a $2,069 PFD in 2008 alongside a $1,200... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    September 24, 2015

SEC to push for independent marine transportation board

Following their annual meeting last week in Prince Rupert, the Southeast Conference (SEC) will be going back to their transportation lobbying roots. The organization was formed in 1958 to lobby for a regional transportation system—now known as the...

 By Mary Koppes    About Town    September 24, 2015

Freeze it, dry it, can it:

Preserving the local bounty harvested from the sea or the land, from the wild or from one's garden, is a great way to ensure you eat well over the winter months when markedly less is growing and the...

 By Mary Koppes and Orin Pierson    About Town    September 24, 2015

Nostalgia meets efficiency in Knight's design

Upon entering Casey Knight's newly built home, visitors are greeted with a flood of natural light entering from a wall of west-facing windows and a sense of spaciousness created by high vaulted...

 By Mary Koppes    About Town    September 24, 2015

Beyond cats and dogs:

Many are familiar with the image of a homeowner being greeted by their dog's wagging tail or their feline's purr upon arriving home, but increasingly people are being greeted by feathered friends as...

 By Mary Koppes    News    September 17, 2015

Locals express frustration with Kake Road project development

About 15 Petersburg and Kupreanof residents attended a meeting last Thursday night to hear about and voice their opinions on recent developments on the Kake Access road project. Meeting attendees... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    September 17, 2015

Assembly apprised of liability coverage, gaps for harbor use

Sue Erickson of Petersburg-Wrangell Insurance gave an overview of the Borough’s liability insurance coverage at Thursday’s regular Assembly meeting. The Borough’s insurance has been provided by Alaska Public Entities Insurance for over a... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    September 17, 2015

Brazilian exchange student experiences life in small-town Alaska

Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil-the largest city in the Americas with a population of almost 12 million-Carolina Macluf is settling into life in small town Alaska as this year's in-bound Rotary...

 By Mary Koppes    News    September 17, 2015

Resolution to address 'Roadless' ruling fails to get needed Assembly support

Three concerned Petersburg and Kupreanof residents spoke out against a resolution being considered as part of last Thursday’s Borough Assembly agenda. Though three Assembly members—Mayor Mark Jensen, Bob Lynn, Nancy Strand—voted in fav or of...

 By Mary Koppes    News    September 17, 2015

Cemetery fee increase advances; Assembly considers accessible fishing dock project

The Borough Assembly voted unanimously to approve new columbarium fees and increases to other cemetery fees as part of an ordinance passed on its first reading last Thursday. The ordinance includes language changes to reflect Borough incorporation...

 By Mary Koppes    News    September 10, 2015

Icicle Seafoods sale cancelled

Icicle Seafoods owner Paine & Partners announced Sept. 4 that the sale of the company to buyers Dominion Catchers, LLC and Convergence Holdings, Inc. has been cancelled. The sale was anticipated to close in August and was announced in late June.... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    September 10, 2015

Swan Lake roof bid awarded by SEAPA board

In a special meeting on July 7, board members of the Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA) met to discuss two items. The board voted to award a bid not to exceed $396,080 for the Swan Lake Powerhouse Roof Membrane Project to the Sitka-based company... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    September 10, 2015

Assembly to consider cemetery fee increases

An ordinance changing the language and fee structure of cemetery services will go before the Assembly at today’s regular meeting. The changes are both to reflect Borough incorporation and to establish fees to place an urn in one of the 320 burial...

 By Mary Koppes    News    September 10, 2015

One arrested, three suspected, in conjunction with local psilocybin grow operation

Petersburg police have been investigating a local commercial psilocybin—hallucinogenic mushroom—grow operation. So far one of three suspects, 19-year-old Anthony Curtiss, has been arrested and indicted on charges related to the case. Curtiss was...

 By Mary Koppes    News    September 3, 2015

Former PFI worker sentenced for disorderly conduct

Former PFI worker Mark Diega, 50, of Chula Vista, Calif., pled guilty to an amended, misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct on Aug. 28 at a proceeding before Superior Court Judge William Carey. He... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    September 3, 2015

Late August rains break records

Heavy rains last Friday and Saturday, August 28 and 29, broke precipitation records for those respective days, according to National Weather Service data. Residents braved a rainy Friday which saw... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    September 3, 2015

Medical center shower room project progress with Paddle Battle funds

Construction on a new tub and shower room in the Long Term Care unit at Petersburg Medical Center will begin this month. “We’ve had our contractor and architect look at the project,” said Director of Nursing Jennifer Bryner. “We’re...

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 27, 2015

Voters to consider financial disclosure for a second time

The Petersburg Borough Assembly met on Thursday, Aug. 20, instead of their regularly Monday meeting, and took on a light agenda. An ordinance to create a local exemption to the state’s financial disclosure requirement for some public officials pass... Full story

 By Mary Koppes and Dan Rud    News    August 27, 2015

Southeast pink salmon price low, harvest low

Of an estimated 58 million pink salmon harvest for 2015, so far seiners have netted less than half that, some 26 million by the end of last week. "We are not even coming close (to projections),"... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 27, 2015

16 candidates declared to fill 21 board vacancies

Sixteen local residents have declared candidacy for local boards and commissions. Six seats remain open. The only contested seat is on the Harbor Board where three candidates have filed to fill two... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    Dockside    August 27, 2015

Southeast longliners benefit from healthy halibut stocks

While the pink salmon harvest is coming in below expectations for price and quantity, the commercial halibut fishery is going strong for Area 2C, which includes Petersburg and other Southeast communities. A quota share update from the International...

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 20, 2015

Weaver sentenced to 5 years probation, fine in explosives case

Longtime Petersburg resident Mark Weaver, 60, was sentenced to five years probation and given a $10,000 fine in US District Court in Juneau on Monday for detonating an unregistered destructive device... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 20, 2015

Fifteen public positions remain without candidates as filing deadline approaches

Just six residents have filed paperwork with the Borough clerk to run as candidates in the October municipal election. There are 21 vacancies on seven local boards and commissions up for election, including two 3-year terms on the Petersburg Borough... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 13, 2015

Former PFI worker faces felony charge for alleged death threat

Police arrested Mark Diega, 50, of Chula Vista, Calif., on a Class C felony charge of Terroristic Threatening in the 2nd Degree on Friday after he allegedly threatened to kill PFI staff and went shopping at the Trading Union (TU) Hardware store for... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 13, 2015

It takes a village:

The Petersburg Children’s Center (PCC) is one step closer to adding an additional classroom, and capacity for a dozen more students, after a variance was approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission earlier this week. The proposed expansion inclu... Full story


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